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NJ bear hunting seminars required to obtain permit

From the new Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

-- The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering Bear Hunting seminars, which uncertified hunters must attend in order to obtain a permit for the bear season included in the recently adopted Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP).

The black bear policy becomes effective upon publication in the NJ Register in early fall.

Certifications remain valid for hunters who attended a NJ Bear Hunting Seminar from 2003 to 2006.

Those interested in bear hunting who do not have certification are encouraged to register for a seminar as soon as possible. The first round of seminars is now posted at www.wildlifelicense.com/nj/ALS/course/course_report.php where hunters must register to attend. Seminars will be offered throughout the fall, including the weekend before the season to accommodate hunters coming from out of state.

The bear hunt will be held in portions of a 1,000 square mile area north of Route 78 and west of Rt. 287 in Morris, Sussex, Warren and Passaic counties. The black bear permit application period opens Oct. 1.  Hunters will be able to apply at any license agent or on the division's license website.

More information on the season, bear hunting zones and permits will be in the 2010 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife Digest, available at license agents and the division website during the week of Aug. 9.

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